Rhetoric of Food: UNIV 1301

Read Jacob's textbook, Will Write for Food. In Chapter 2 she writes that the characteristics of a good food writer are [paraphrased]:

  1. Being passionate about what you are doing.

  2. Being an enthusiastic researcher, finding out the maximum possible (not the minimum necessary!) about your chosen subject.

  3. Being energetic, taking notes, looking up info., interviewing, sometimes working seven days a week, twelve hours a day.

  4. Being focused on what's most important, leaving out the rest

  5. Being skeptical, always questioning stuff you are told, having a sensitive B.S. detector.

  6. Being fearless, being ready to plunge into things you don't want to do, just to get the assignment done.

  7. Being inquisitive and curious about the subject.

  8. Being persistent and relentless, pouring over tons of info. if necessary just for one or two facts.

  9. Becoming knowledgeable about the subject, learning it inside-out.

  10. Being professional, not taking intellectual shortcuts.

  11. Being a good storyteller.

  12. Not being stuck in nostalgia, not dreaming of the "good old days."

  13. Being careful with language, never being satisfied with turning in something that is "good enough."

Consider: ALL these characteristics are also necessary to be a successful college student.


a. Which three of these characteristics would you, personally, consider to be the most difficult?

b. Why would this characteristic be most difficult for you?

c. How would you overcome that difficulty?

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